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Thread: US versus Canadian Pricing..Today's "Deal"

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    US versus Canadian Pricing..Today's "Deal"

    Went to local fabric store for their 50% sale here in Canada.
    I wanted to buy a 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 Omnigrid ruler...The price? $72.99.
    (They're on sale for $17.99 at Joann's in the US right now...)
    I looked through them and one was marked at $55.99...maybe old stock?....So I bought that one at 50% off. Still paid $28.00 plus tax for it.
    I also looked at batiks, but they were still $15.00/m even with the sale. 100% cottons were still $9.00/m and that's with 50% off.

    So, there's an example of what Canadian quilters are up against when we shop for our supplies here. Count your lucky stars the next time you go to buy fabrics and supplies.
    And look for the occasional Canadian who is lucky enough to live nearby.

    Watson

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    Anything to do with tariffs?

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    Oh, my...that really is a big price difference. That would eliminate a lot of people from becoming quilters.
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    OMG, my question would be Why????? Is it the shipping cost from another country?

    I shipped a box of fabrics to England, wasn't huge and I paid $25, I about had a heart attack but since I promised a YT member I paid it. I love doing things like that but spending that much almost kept me from doing it again..

    Can you buy online and save anything?

    I do appreciate the USA.......blessed to live here.
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    Were you at Fabricland?
    I rarely go near them any more.
    Their regular prices whether fabric or notions always seem way above the LQS stores.
    Meanwhile their quality doesn't really match the LQS' for the better part.

    I find that their 50% off days bring their prices back closer to the LQS prices!
    Sometimes so that they are lower in price.
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    I am glad that I don't have to buy much anymore because the prices are high. If I do have to buy, I check Connectingthreads or similar and then figure out the postage and hope I don't get hit with duty. I feel bad when a quilt shop closes but I just can't afford the prices.

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    Joann's used to deliver to Canada. That was a blessing. But they discontinued that service over a year ago. Grr!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by charley26 View Post
    Anything to do with tariffs?
    Good question.
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    I agree that our prices seem a lot more reasonable. Until you start talking about medical care or college... But we don't want to do that!!

    Regardless of where you live, it pays to look around. Just before Christmas, Joann's routinely had coupons for 50% off of 1 regular price item, sometimes 60%. I generally buy my Olfa blades in multi packs to get the best price per blade. I was annoyed to find that I can get the same pack any time, no coupon, no waiting to get the item (they are behind the counter now), no waiting in line - for less than what I can get it at Joann's with the coupon - on Amazon. We do enough of our shopping through them that Prime Membership more than pays for itself.

    Not sure if that will help you, but it might be worth a shot. I've also found good deals at www.stuff4crafts.com. Not a lot of quilting supplies, but every now and then I get lucky. I got a Better Board for under $100 last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charley26 View Post
    Anything to do with tariffs?
    Most definitely
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    I understand that it is expensive to be a quilter in Spain, and England as well. I am happy to have the prices that I do.
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    I sent a small box of selvedges to Tazmania to the tune of $55.00. Needless to say I can't do that again. Sent a small package later for $22.00.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tiggersmom View Post
    OMG, my question would be Why????? Is it the shipping cost from another country?

    I shipped a box of fabrics to England, wasn't huge and I paid $25, I about had a heart attack but since I promised a YT member I paid it. I love doing things like that but spending that much almost kept me from doing it again..

    Can you buy online and save anything?

    I do appreciate the USA.......blessed to live here.
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    Went to my local Fabricland to see if the Steam a Seam was on sale.
    It wasn't and I didn't want to pay $24.99 per meter of 12" wide stuff, so I went to the local quilt store to find it at the regular price of $7.50. Will I renew my membership to Fabricland next year? (insert 3 laughing emogies here)
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    Question--if someone sends you fabric is the a duty charged on it?

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    Yes, I do feel blessed to live in the good old USA.

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    I feel your pain Watson - our prices in the U.K. are closer to Canadian prices that USA ones sadly

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingshorttimer View Post
    Question--if someone sends you fabric is the a duty charged on it?
    There will be HST charged for sure (13% on the US dollar amount) and then they can choose to charge duty although likely not if it's less than $100.00 or so, has been my experience.

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    I know what you mean on pricing and the quilt store I go with quilt quality fabric is way cheaper than Fabricland and is ran by fantastic husband and wife team. They just had a sale with $8.50 for prints AND batics and $8.00 a metre for solids. Fabricland is losing a lot of business with the high cost of quilting fabrics and I have heard others say they will no renew their membership. I used a 55% of coupon for Michael's for the large Ofla cutting may, saved $48.00 on that!
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    With the prices so high in Canada and England I'll bet you that they have very few UFO's laying around as we here in America do. Who could afford not to finish something after paying so much money for the material?

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    Since some have discussed tarriffs and duty here, I have a question. I was wanting to send a gift to a quilter in the Netherlands. How do I find out if she will have to pay when I send the gift?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sassylass View Post
    I know what you mean on pricing and the quilt store I go with quilt quality fabric is way cheaper than Fabricland and is ran by fantastic husband and wife team. They just had a sale with $8.50 for prints AND batics and $8.00 a metre for solids. Fabricland is losing a lot of business with the high cost of quilting fabrics and I have heard others say they will no renew their membership. I used a 55% of coupon for Michael's for the large Ofla cutting may, saved $48.00 on that!
    Oh please do share the name of your great LQS.
    Many more of us may be able to support them!

    I've been doing the same and using the 55% coupons at Michael's for blades and other needs.
    Granted, it's pretty much the same as Fabricland ... if you buy at regular price, it's way too high.
    However, they have % off coupons pretty much all the time. Plus sign up for their emails as you will get more of them, than you will receive at the cash register or in their flyers.

    Bonus ....... a little known fact that Michael's has a Senior's Discount every day ... just be sure to ask.




    Quote Originally Posted by meanmom View Post
    Since some have discussed tarriffs and duty here, I have a question. I was wanting to send a gift to a quilter in the Netherlands. How do I find out if she will have to pay when I send the gift?
    The best way is to ask your friend. Yes, I know you may want it as a surprise, but perhaps you could just get into a discussion without letting her know the intent?

    I have sent parcels to the Netherlands and the recipient was never charged anything on receipts. However, that does not mean that sometimes they are. Or that perhaps my valuation came in just under the line for the added fees.

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    Watson, I live in Eastern Ontario. Please pm me. I have a couple of suggestions.

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    I wonder what the wages are in the U.S to Canada . If that makes a difference. In Canada I believe the minimum wage is 14.00 dollars and hour now. What is the minimum wage in United States. I find that when ever you can increase for the cost of living ,,,, the cost of living goes up. So you can never really get ahead. Just curious.

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    This may be the reason we see New Brunswick tour busses at our local Marden's store. They hit all the Marden's that carry fabric and go home with a nice haul at much reduced prices. Marden's is in Maine for all of you "from away".

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    No one seems to have mentioned the different values of the dollar. I just checked and $.78 in the US is equivalent to $1.00 Canadian. That's almost 25%. That accounts for part of the difference.

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